- 1Of little value or importance: huge fines were imposed for trivial offences trivial detailsMore example sentences
unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential, minor, of no/little account, of no/little consequence, of no/little importance, not worth bothering about, not worth mentioning; incidental, inessential, non-essential, petty, trifling, fiddling, pettifogging, footling, small, slight, little, inconsiderable, negligible, paltry, nugatory; meaningless, pointless, worthless, idle; flimsy, insubstantialBritish • informal twopenny-halfpennyNorth American • vulgar slang chickenshit
- Even if the case is of very little importance, involving trivial loss, seeking truth from facts shall always be the norm for action.
- There are several lessons to be learned from this incident, some trivial, some quite important.
- And the pressure to conform to all these trivial values is absolutely enormous.
- 1.1(Of a person) concerned only with petty things.More example sentences
- A few hecklers managed to get in during this period but they were quite trivial.
- Mary is an amiable, conventional, and trivial young woman who gets married.
- Sometimes he presents her as a vain and trivial woman, sometimes as merely ignorant and fearful.
- 2 Mathematics Denoting a subgroup that either contains only the identity element or is identical with the given group.More example sentences
- Next in complexity to the trivial ones are the mazes represented by trees.
- In group theory one of the topics he studied was that of groups with only trivial automorphisms.
- The first topology is a trivial one, just stating the genes are allelically identical.
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- The first paper is about survey participation, in which the hypothesis is seemingly trivially obvious: people who like to do surveys in general and who are interested in the survey topic are more likely to participate than others.
- Secondly, and most trivially, if you extend her argument she is effectively saying that she's only doing it as a public service; she's not going to get any personal gain or gratification from it.
- After all, it's trivially simple to find lots and lots of places where modern medicine has failed to explain or treat someone's illness.
late Middle English (in the sense 'belonging to the trivium'): from medieval Latin trivialis, from Latin trivium (see trivium).